When you are communicating with another person face to face, there is also that danger of having a quite ineffective talk – especially if one fails to listen to what the other person has to say. This means that effective communication should not just be limited to the exchange of information from sender to receiver. The message has to be sent in a clear, concise manner by the sender – then received and understood by the recipient.
The Deeper Aspects of Communication
To learn more about how communication can be effective despite the presence of the distractions brought about by technology and social media, let’s take a deeper look at its other aspects:
Whether you’re communicating face to face, over the phone or through instant messages, the number one skill that you need to learn for effective communication is active listening. This involves more than just hearing what the other person has to say. It has more to do with understanding what the other person has to say.
Are there any messages between the lines? Did you make the speaker feel heard and understood? Did you receive the message clearly, or are there any biases in your head which may prevent you from understanding the real message? Through active and effective listening, you are exerting that extra effort in understanding the speaker by focusing more on the words, avoiding any interruptions, and getting rid of any distractions.
Next, for effective communication to exist between two parties, there has to be that level of emotional awareness. This helps you empathize with the other person, especially if the topic has something to do with a personal struggle. If you are the one who is confiding to a friend, emotional awareness will give you that power to say what you really want to say based on exactly how you feel. Emotional awareness while communicating also combines thinking with feeling, which adds a certain depth to the conversation.
Finally, if you’re having a face to face conversation, remember that there is such a thing as non-verbal communication. This is a wordless form of communication where facial expressions, gestures, body movement, eye movement, posture, muscle tension, tone of voice and even breathing are involved. It’s similar to how moms can always tell how their kids are lying when they have a certain gesture, like being unable to look her in the eye. When you become aware of the non-verbal cues which are provided by the other person, you would know how he or she is really feeling.
By being aware of these deeper aspects of communication, you can exchange information more effectively. Whether you’re talking to each other over the phone, in person or using modern technology, you can better get the message across through effective communication.